How to easily roast almonds at home with thyme and sea salt. Jump to the Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt and Thyme or read on to see our tips for making them.
I know I said roasted, but we actually do not use an oven for this. You could, but we’ve found that toasting the almonds in a skillet on the stove helps the almonds cook evenly and prevents burning.
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We love fresh thyme with the almonds, but almost any fresh herb will work nicely. You can even make spicy roasted almonds by adding a dried chile or crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet when toasting the nuts.
Recipe updated, originally posted July 2010. Since posting this in 2010, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt and Thyme
Instead of roasting almonds in the oven, we prefer to toast them in a skillet on the stove. Fresh thyme and sea salt are classic, but you can use any fresh herb. To make these spicy, add a dried chile to the skillet or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
You Will Need
1/2 pound whole almonds (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
In a heavy medium skillet, combine the almonds, olive oil and thyme. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the almonds are fragrant and golden, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the almonds to paper towels and pat dry. Add them to a bowl and toss with the sea salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- This recipe also works with blanched almonds — or almonds with the outer skin removed. You can blanch almonds quite easily at home. Pour boiling water over the almonds and allow them to sit in the water for about 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with a towel then slip the skins away and discard.